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Misal Pav (A healthy Maharashtrian snack of sprouts)

Misal Pav (A healthy Maharashtrian snack of sprouts)

Sprouts are a source of protein and doctors recommend having them with breakfast,lunch or as a salad.A majority of us think “When there are other delicious things to eat why go after sprouts?”

The answer is that sprouts fill the tummy like no other!They are a superfood in themselves and here are used as a snack.Yes as an awesome snack.Misal is Mumbai’s way to say “I can have sprouts and once I dish it to apprehensive minds they will go for another serving”!Yes its that delicious!

Misal is served with Pav!I posted the method of making Butter Pav in my last recipe so here is the link for you to go to that as well

I have used Matki sprouts for this.Matki or Moth as it is called is a bean like Urad.You can take a mixture of Moth,Urad or White Peas,only beans or only one type as I have made here.Start the preparation 3 days before.Soak it overnight and next morning drain the water.Tie up the beans in a clean Kitchen towel and keep in a warm and damp place for 2 – 3 days when you find that the beans have sprouted perfectly.Let them sprout for 2 days and make the Misal on Day 3.


The Matki Sprouts..

Here is the delicious recipe for Misal!


Preparation Time : 30 minutes

Makes : 3 – 4 servings


For the Misal :

2 cups sprouted Matki

1 1/2 cups water

2 medium sliced Onions

1 tsp salt plus to taste

1 tsp Turmeric Powder

1 tsp Red Chilli Powder

2 tsp Goda Masala (a kind of Masala available in Maharashtra.If you do not get it then use garam masala)

1 tbsp Oil

2 tsp Coriander Powder (dhaniya)

1 tsp Cumin Powder (jeera)

2 split green chillies

1 tsp ginger garlic paste

2 tbsp Jaggery powder (optional)

For the topping :

1 Onion – finely chopped

2 tbsp Coriander Leaves – finely chopped

1 Tomato – finely chopped

Tamarind Chutney

Sev,Farsan,Namkeen,Mixture as preferred


Make the Misal :

Put the Matki sprouts in a pressure cooker and add 1/2 cup water,turmeric powder and 1 tsp salt.Pressure cook for 2 – 3 whistles.Release pressure and drain the water from the sprouts.Heat oil and add Onions and fry till translucent.Add the ginger garlic paste and fry till the spluttering stops and the rawness disappears.Now add the cumin and red chilli powders and mix well.Mix the sprouts into this and add Goda Masala and Coriander Powder.Mix well to amalgamate and add the remaining 1 cup water and jaggery powder if using.Reduce to medium heat  and cover lid.Cook for 4 – 5 minutes till the sprouts are nicely coated with the masala.


The Misal..

Serving the Misal Pav :

Mix the chopped Onions,Tomato and coriander leaves in a bowl and keep aside.


The Farsan/Namkeen….


The paraphernalia for topping Misal…

Put 3 – 4 tbsp of steaming Misal on a serving plate.Sprinkle sev and Farsan/Namkeen on top.Add 1 tbsp of the onion-tomato-coriander mixture and top with some more Farsan.Drizzle 1 tbsp of the Tamarind Chutney on top and serve hot with a cup of hot tea!


The assembled Misal…


Served with Butter Pav..

Perfect for rains!



Pav for the Misal..



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